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Name             Sowcar Janaki
Born                Sankaramanchi Janaki December  12, 1931 (1931-12-12) (age 78)
                         Rajahmundry, Andra Pradesh                                            
Occupation     Actress
Years active   1949 - 2000
Spouse(s)      Sankamaranch Srinivasa Rao (marriage in 1947)

First movie in Telugu: "Shahukaaru" by Vijaya productions. Played the leading role paired with Sri NT Rama Rao
Acted as heroine with A Nageswara Rao, NTR, Jaggaiah, Sivaji Ganesan, MGR, Gemini Ganesan and many others.
Acted in 10 Kannada films opposite Dr Raj Kumar.actress vaishnavi's her doughter.she's also a fabulous actress[malayalam films mrugaya.aham. mackal mahathmyam]

 Sowcar Janaki recently turned 75. In her prime, the actor worked with nearly all the lead actors of her time in both South Indian as well as Hindi cinema

. Ms. Janaki, for whom acting is a profession and cooking a passion, looks back on her long career.

I was a radio artist and my first make-up still was taken in 1949 for the film `Sowcar' produced by Nagi Reddy for Vijaya Productions. L.V. Prasad was the director. Talent hunters asked me to perform seven different expressions.

After seven days, I was happy to know I was selected as my survival depended on it. I was married and was having a 3-month-old baby. I came right from the kitchen to the camera. Today, one cannot dream of entering the film field with a baby.

My first salary for the film was Rs.2,500. I was happy to receive it as I could buy milk and clothes for my baby. The film was a hit .

People now say my Tamil is very good. I take great interest in learning the language in every film that I work in.

In fact, when I spoke Bharathidasan's dialogue in the film "Valaiyapathi", it was appreciated by all.

I have worked in almost all the South Indian languages such as like Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam. In Hindi also, I have done a couple of films.

Till now, I have done 385 films, mostly in Tamil. In Telugu, it could be more than 75 and in Kannada over 30. In Malayalam, I have done two films.

As far as I am concerned, all my films are good but if really pressed for an answer, I would pick my first film `Sowcar', then `Irrukodugal', `Edhir Neecchal', `Bhama Vijayam', `Kaaviya Thalaivi', `Annai', `Puthiya Paravai', `Oli Vilakku', `Kumudam', and `Rojulu Maarayi'.

My all-time favourite actors are Sivaji Ganesan and Savithri.

I have received many awards. The most memorable among them is the one received from the Tamil Nadu Government in 1969-70. I received the best actor award from Mr. Karunanidhi.

The same year, I received the Kalaimamani award. When I saw former President Dr. Radhakrishnan, he told me that he had seen `Venkateswara Mahathyam' and he repeatedly saw the portion I had acted in mainly for my brilliant performance. In that film I had done only a guest role.

Another memorable award was the lifetime achievement award instituted in the name of Nageswara Rao. I received it in his presence and was fortunate to receive the Sivaji Award, presented to me by Sunil Dutt, instituted by Prabhu and Ramkumar, sons of Sivaji Ganesan.

I have not bid goodbye to acting and will take it up if some good roles come my way. I still feel that I can do it ... after all this is my profession.


By K. Balachandar (Tamil): Irukoduga, Edir Neechal, Baama Vujayam, Thillu mullu.
Tamil films with Sivaji Ganesan: Pudaya Paravai, Uyarnda Manidan, Pachai vilakku, Paarthal pasi therum , Motor sundaram pillai, Paar magale paar.
Tamil film with MGR: Oli Vilakku Telugu films: Dr. Chakravarthi, Manchi Manasulu, Rojulu Marayi
Kannada films: Mahi Sha Sura Mardine, Saaku Magalu, Sathi Shakthi, Thayige Thakka Maga, Shabda Vedi (with Dr Raj Kumar)


    * State and Film Fare and Film Fans awards for best actress category.
    * Honored with Kalai Maa Mani title as MGR award by Tamil Nadu government

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